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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • Business
    • 4.6 • 11.4K Ratings

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New episodes come out every Monday and Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    ESPN vs Fox Sports | First Down

    ESPN vs Fox Sports | First Down

    This episode comes out for free on 1/26, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    It’s the late 1970s and TV sports is equivalent to a few hours of programming on ABC, NBC and CBS each week.

    But in Connecticut, Bill Rasmussen is on a mission to change that by creating a cable TV network dedicated to airing sports. Trouble is, he’s got no money, no sports rights, no TV studio, and no cable provider willing to put his network into homes.

    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Global Chocolate Domination

    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Global Chocolate Domination

    It’s a new century and Hershey’s facing unexpected trouble at home — a showdown between the company and its biggest shareholder that threatens its independence.




    Meanwhile, Mars is on a mission to become the world’s candy king. And with Hershey yet to break ground outside the U.S., the opportunity to catch up is fading fast.




    Hershey knows there’s one move that could transform its overseas fortunes: a merger with its British soulmate Cadbury. The question is can it secure Cadbury’s hand in marriage before Mars triumphs in its quest for global chocolate domination.

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    • 27 min
    Introducing: The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

    Introducing: The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

    To fight climate change, municipalities across the United States are banning natural gas lines from being installed in new buildings. That means no gas stoves. Politicians and policymakers in those places — Berkeley being one of the first — want people to use electric appliances, such as electric stovetops or the more advanced induction stovetop. (There’s a health factor too. Open flames put out some gases you might not want to breathe.)

    But the natural gas industry is fighting back. Today, we talk about the multimillion-dollar battle being fought between gas companies and municipal and state governments. And that battle is being waged in your kitchen.

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    • 9 min
    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Chocolate Rolls Royce

    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Chocolate Rolls Royce

    It’s the late 1970s and Mars is America’s top confectioner. But Hershey is hungry for a comeback. It’s plotting a return to the top powered by a rush of new candies it hopes can nibble away at Mars’ market share.




    Not that Mars has any intention of surrendering pole position without a fight. It thinks it can stop Hershey in its tracks by focusing exclusively on best-selling brands like Snickers, M&M’s and Milky Way.




    But what neither company knows is that a tempting opportunity from Hollywood is about to disrupt the balance of power in candy land.

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    • 26 min
    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Mars Attacks!

    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | Mars Attacks!

    It’s 1965 and Forrest Mars has just become the manufacturer of Snickers and M&M’s. He is now – at last – ready to duke it out with Hershey in a battle to become the number one candy maker in America.




    And he knows Hershey is far from prepared for his sudden switch from ally to enemy. Hershey is a company wedded to tradition. It has no marketing department, doesn’t advertise, and has a completely complacent sales team.




    The question is: can Hershey shake off its docile ways in time to stop Forrest’s relentless advance?




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    • 26 min
    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Candy-Coated Prayer

    Encore: Hershey's vs Mars | A Candy-Coated Prayer

    It’s the 1940s and Forrest Mars’ plan to create a candy empire is stepping up a gear. He’s plotting to seize control of his dad’s company Mars and turn it into a Hershey killer.




    First he needs to get his new candy venture off the ground. But to do that he needs help. Help from Hershey.




    But while Forrest’s laying plans, Hershey’s trying to get over the death of founder Milton Hershey and grappling with an unexpected opportunity to become a global player.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11.4K Ratings

11.4K Ratings

PHG79 ,

Love this! Like an informative radio play!

I see some people don’t enjoy the voice acting, which surprises me because I think it’s one of the unique elements of this show (and others by Wondery) that makes it stand out. It harkens back to the old radio plays, yet it still seems fresh. I learn a lot from the short, quickly-paced episodes and binge them on my walks. I find myself interested in the stories of industries I don’t even use or care about! I also like the interview episodes at the end of each series that dig into matters a bit further. The only negative part is after the food episodes, I’m so hungry!

iTerryChase ,

Dang

Good show but they’re leftist.

tfyguhihugtdr ,

Good

Nellygoat is negative

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